Sep 6, 2008

Internet connectivity drama

Yesterday night after getting back from a gig which I was not totally expecting to experience, I was surprised to find the internet connection down. Ever since I had moved into the new apartment in Andheri (W), the connectivity has been pretty reliable and there have been no major breakdowns until now. I was disappointed but not too worried.

The Vodafone International calling card that I had invested in a couple of months back, which had started looking like an ill-thought, overzealous expense, came to the rescue. I was able to call and have a longish phone conversation with Vinokur. It had been a very long time since we had a longish conversation on the phone. We used to have long conversations when I was in the hospital. But since my course got over, we had pretty much been dependent on Skype.

We realized how different it actually is the listen to each other’s voices over a telephone line. He sounded shriller and edgier. I sounded eager and more focused on the topic. This is of course as compared to Skype and real life. It’s really funny to note how Skype and real life had almost blended into each other. In both we can see each other, make out others facial expressions, thus making it almost like actual physical presence.

We hung up late yesterday night after having used up a good hundred plus rupees on the calling card hoping to resume the usual service tonight. Things don’t end up being that sweet in our beloved India. Despite having made a dozen and more phone calls since morning, the ISP’s customer service has not yet been able to solve the problem – the set of keys to open a control-box on top of my building is missing!

It’s very frustrating, especially because it’s late Saturday evening which means that I won’t have my internet back up at least until Monday morning. I’m already starting to miss blogging and blog reading – both of which I can ‘partially’ achieve through my mobile phone. But my real worry is that I’m going to be missing my warmer, relaxed, livelier Vinokur and the with his expressions and the warmth of his ‘hi-bandwidth’ voice.

15 comments:

Jiggy said...

you mean to say you wrote this entire post on your mobile?!!!

Kris Bass said...

Well, this particular post I wrote on my computer and transferred it to my phone and posted using GPRS. But there have been other occasions when I've done similar posts entirely from my mobile.

Kris Bass said...

Well, this particular post I wrote on my computer and transferred it to my phone and posted using GPRS. But there have been other occasions when I've done similar posts entirely from my mobile.

Kris Bass said...

Well, this particular post I wrote on my computer and transferred it to my phone and posted using GPRS. But there have been other occasions when I've done similar posts entirely from my mobile.

Kris Bass said...

And as is evident, phone thing is pretty unreliable!

Anonymous said...

listen, do whatever you can to spend time together in person -dh

Anonymous said...

please make that music video for your song --then I can send the link to friends --dh

Anonymous said...

please make that music video for your song --then I can send the link to friends --dh

Anonymous said...

I'm not exactly helping here... but it's awesome to blog from the Phone, na?

Anonymous said...

Ah the woes of bad or no connectivity. Long telephone calls....:) Can say been there, done that! :D

mystiquedew said...

Oy how have u been?

Its awright..guess u will get the connection back by Monday hardly half a day left :)

Kris Bass said...

Let's see, how should I answer your comments? One by one I guess.

@ Duncan Hines: that video idea of yours has been shelved. You might need to wait for the Noise Market video to come.

Kris Bass said...

@ Duncan: How do you think I and Vinokur can spend more time in person? He's making plans to visit me anyways.

Kris Bass said...

@ Unsungpsalm: Yes, it's incredible to be able to do that! But I miss my computer and internet!

Kris Bass said...

@ Myheadtrip: Yeah, it's hard!

@ Mystiquedew: I hope it comes back so soon! I'm missing it!